Operations

LAX To Rework Ground Transportation Patterns Oct. 29

Martin Romjue
Posted on September 30, 2019
LAX passengers will have to put up with inconveniences over the next four years as the airport builds a more accessible and efficient ground transportation system that will include an elevated automated people mover. (Image: LAWA/LAMP)

LAX passengers will have to put up with inconveniences over the next four years as the airport builds a more accessible and efficient ground transportation system that will include an elevated automated people mover. (Image: LAWA/LAMP)

LOS ANGELES — Get ready for some curbside shuffling and possible squeezes as LAX reroutes ground transportation services until construction upgrades are completed in 2023.

Los Angeles World Airports plans to announce the new routes and pick-up/drop off points in the Central Terminal Area (CTA) of Los Angeles International Airport for all ground transportation services during a mayoral press conference in mid-October to kick off a publicity blitz before the plan takes effect at 3 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

For the regional chauffeured-luxury ground transportation industry, the changes will be minimal, compared to other services, but still require some planning and patience, says Mark Stewart, the Legislative-Airport Committee Chairman and a board director of the Greater California Livery Association.

The new guidelines and accesses at the Los Angeles International Airport for operators are as follows, according to Stewart and airport advisories:

  • Limo/livery vehicles can still drop off passengers anywhere along the upper departure loop as usual.
  • Lower/arrivals level passenger drop-off/pickups will be relocated to the outer island curb. Inner lane access is prohibited. Zones will be identified by overhead signage and white painted curbs.
  • Limo/livery vehicles will need to share the arrival level outer curb with other TCP-licensed commercial vehicles, private vehicles from the general public, and rental motorcoach services such as FlyAway buses.
  • Chauffeurs will continue to be able to park their vehicles on lower levels of CTA parking decks and walk into the baggage claim areas to greet passengers and walk them back out to the vehicles. The only exceptions will be if certain parking decks are fully or partially closed at intermittent periods of construction, Stewart said.
  • Limo/livery services where a chauffeur waiting in the limo holding lot and arriving client text each other to arrange a curbside pick-up may encounter delays if pick-up space is limited during heavy traffic periods.

“It will be interesting to see the challenges of everyone navigating to the second outer curb,” Stewart said. “The outer curb is not the same as the inside curb being continuous. There are breaks in the outer curb islands.”

The airport construction project, formally called Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), which launched March 14, will create an automated people mover (APM) connecting travelers with airport terminals and offsite parking decks while creating new locations to pick-up and drop off passengers. Once the train is completed in 2023, the APM will link to L.A. Metro's light rail system.

The train and its stations in the CTA are the centerpieces of the project, which also includes a Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility (CONRAC) to be completed by 2022. It has been approved to occupy a tract loosely bordered by West Arbor Vitae Street, the 405 Freeway, Century Boulevard, and Aviation Boulevard.

Overall, LAX curbside space could be reduced by 38% during the peak construction of LAMP, scheduled to be finished in 2023.

Transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft and taxicab services will be relegated to an LAX-it lot between Terminal 1 and Sepulveda Boulevard to be continuously serviced 24/7 by shuttle buses. Passengers will ride the shuttles from the CTA to LAX-it. Shuttle stops along the inner arrival level curb will be identified by column wraps. Upper/departures level operations will continue unchanged.

Whereas arriving passengers using TNCs walk up to the departure level to hail their rides, they will as of Oct. 29 have to catch a shuttle bus along the inner arrival curb and hail their rides from the LAX-it lot. The inconvenience for TNC riders could be a boon for chauffeured-luxury ground transportation operators as they clue into the comparative ease of limo/livery service at LAX, Stewart said.

For a guide to ground transportation plans and symbols and a map of access points, see below images. PDF VERSIONS HERE

Related Topics: affiliate networks, airport rules, airports, California operators, city regulations, Greater California Livery Association, ground transportation, LAX, Los Angeles operators, Mark Stewart

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Comments ( 5 )
  • alan

     | about 2 months ago

    I predict someone will be badly injured/killed due to them herding crowds out onto the island. It's narrow as it is. This will not end well.

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